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Migraine hacks I wish for: magic night driving glasses

Throughout the years, I’ve wished for little tweaks that would allow me to live a relatively normal life without worrying about uncontrollable migraine triggers coming up with no warning.

In this new, lighthearted series of blog posts, I’ll talk about some migraine life hacks I wish existed. Who knows? Maybe some clever inventor out there will make my dreams come true!

Migraine Hack #1

I love taking long drives. Just last summer, my boyfriend and I drove all the way from our house in Athens, Ga. to Los Angeles and back.  We took turns at the wheel, looking out the windows of our car to some of the most beautiful terrain in the world.  Our long hauls took place almost exclusively during the day, though—that way we could explore a city/town in the dinner hour and settle in to rest before we got going the next day.  That way we could also minimize our hours of night driving.

When I was younger, driving at night was a pleasure.  I was a night owl, so getting sleepy at the wheel wasn’t a concern for me.  My mom never liked driving at night, so if she and I were together in the car after dark, I would take the wheel.

That pleasure has dissipated over the years, though.  Now I love being in the car at night, but I don’t like being at the wheel—if I’m at the wheel, I can’t close my eyes every time a car in the opposite lane passes us, its bright lights blinding me.  Seeing that sight too many times in a row creates a slow-motion strobe effect—and that is a migraine trigger for me.

So here’s my pie-in-the-sky idea:  a special pair of night driving glasses  that could allow you to drive at night and see clearly but would block out the sudden bright lights of oncoming traffic. Imagine the glasses (which can be prescription strength if you require that) are clear and untinted for most of your drive. You sail down the highway, worry free.  But they have a special detector that knows when a car driving in the opposite direction is on its way toward you. The dark filter on the glasses activates the second the oncoming car’s lights appear on the horizon, and the shade darkens just enough so the flashing lights don’t irritate you (but you can still see your lane just fine).  Once the car passes, the glasses transition back to their clear-lens setting.  Voila! You can now drive at night.

(I know this is a ridiculous invention.  I shared the idea with some light-sensitive (aka photophobic) friends and they laughed while also nodding their heads in agreement:  yes, this invention would make life a lot easier for us all.  Many friends of mine, migraineurs or not, have problems driving at night due to the harsh light of oncoming cars—the contrast between that and the dark night is hard on our eyes as we try to adjust to our surroundings.

What migraine hacks/inventions do you wish for? What else would you like to see in this new series?

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Comments

  • Sara
    5 years ago

    A psychic Scent filtration system. Some kind of device that prevents me from smelling any scents that come near me.

    This device would eliminate all scents including detergents, lotions, perfumes, burtn popcorn, stale cigarettes, Cigars & Pipes, dryer sheets, chemical cleaner sprays, etc…

    Best of all, it would be invisible, so no one would need to be inconvenienced by it or even know I had it on. WE could all just go about our days oblivous to the device, but it would be working away keeping me safe from the biggest triggers in my life!

  • Leslie Coutsouridis
    5 years ago

    I wish for a ski cap shaped ice pack that covers the whole head and face.

  • TracyM09
    5 years ago

    Yes, that would be nice. A reusable one you could get as cold or even tepid if you needed it!!

  • TracyM09
    5 years ago

    Oh Janet, I know exactly what you’re talking about!! I’ve got great sunglasses, they are super effective against the Hawaiian Sun…unless I already have a Migraine!! The thing in Hawaii is that there’s so many cars coming at you in relatively short distances! We also have cars with these odd alien blue headlights…not Police Cars…that are super deadly! My Mom is 79 and doesn’t feel comfortable driving at night anymore, so I need Night Glasses!! Come on you geniuses, get going and invent!!

  • jenniferschaefer
    5 years ago

    I have terrible nerve sensitivity on the back of my head and it often hurts to lay my head on my pillow. It feels awful because my head hurts so bad and all I want to do is rest it, but it hurts to lay down. I need some type of pillow that doesn’t touch the very back of my head and neck.

  • TracyM09
    5 years ago

    I believe the Japanese have a neck pillow, or neck board with padding. It was/is used by Geishas to keep their hair neat. You might be able to find them online!

  • Steve Blair
    5 years ago

    Janet, if you’re interested in participating in an experiment, contact me through Axon Optics. We have some developmental lenses that might do the trick.

  • Amanda
    5 years ago

    This is me, as well. I used to love driving, but now Night Driving is nearly torture. I miss the freedom.

  • Crystalrz4
    5 years ago

    I do believe that there night driving glasses of various types. They might be prescription as well, as I seem to remember. They do not block out the light severely, but take out the worst of it. They do not automatically darken, unfortunately, but they do help. It has been awhile since I looked into them.
    Like you, my favorite time of driving used to be at night, and I prefer it to a very sunny day. But one of the very worst times I ever had, was driving from San Diego, Ca to Phoenix, Az. There was four of us in the car, and I had driven all night to get there, in the month of July. If you have never driven into a desert sunrise, let me tell you, bright headlights are a walk in the park, and the sun doesn’t go out when you pass it. From the moment it begins to light up the sky from below the horizon, until it is fully risen and Dazzling in your eyes, your are blind! I started asking for people to start passing up any pair of sunglasses they had! One of the girls had a pair that was dark blue/almost black, and they worked,(though it meant I couldn’t take out my contacts until we got to the hotel). While we were there, I bought a much darker pair of sunglasses.
    Also, asked your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

  • Leslie
    5 years ago

    Leslie C – I will have to check Axon Optics out!!!! Thank you so much for the info!!!!!
    hugs!!!

  • Leslie Coutsouridis
    5 years ago

    I’m sorry, that is Axon Optics that makes sunglass lenses for migraine sufferers. I’d be lost without mine, they are either on my eyes or on top of my head all the time ,even at church!

  • Leslie Coutsouridis
    5 years ago

    Leslie, there are sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses. Also apton optics, mentioned above, makes sunglass lenses for migraine patients that go over your prescription glasses.

  • Leslie
    5 years ago

    I have chronic pain…if I’m not asleep, I have pain, so I need something that will help all the time!!

    The sun and other car lights at night are a big problem for me! My issue is that I wear prescription glasses for distance so I have to wear them driving and normally when I’m outside….can’t wear contacts so no sunglasses. I do have the transition lenses however they do not turn dark in the car and when out in the sun they do not turn dark enough. At night, of course, they don’t turn dark so there’s no protection from the lights of oncoming cars or break lights.

    Overall, my prescription glasses do not give me good protection from the sun or other car lights at any time of day! So my new invention would be prescription glasses that would allow me to be able to enjoy being outside in the warm sun and drive at all times of the day without it killing my head!!

    MIRACLE GLASSES!!!!!! I’LL BUY THEM!!!!!!

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